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Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

From Scornin’ It To Lovin’ It: McDonald’s Tests Out Kale On Its Menu

The green health halo hovering over kale glows brightly, and the company is putting it in breakfast bowls in nine southern California locations. Will it help brighten up the Golden Arches?

Puerto Rico Wants to Grow Your Next Cup of Specialty Coffee

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.

Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

Panera Bread says it's dropping artificial colors, preservatives and additives from many menu items. But while it says that includes artificial sweeteners, it's leaving sodas with them on the menu.

Almanac Beer Company on Bar Towel Radio

At the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon we were fortunate to record a few conversations for Bar Towel Radio. And we’re thrilled to release another one of those chats, this one with Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Company of San Francisco. In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we discuss with Jesse the history of Almanac […]

Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Antibiotics Used By Humans

Antibiotic use is falling out of fashion in the poultry industry. Tyson Foods, the biggest poultry producer in the U.S., says it will stop feeding its birds human-use antibiotics in two years.

Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.

Millions Of Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.

Retail Roundtable with Ontario Brewers

This week is the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, where there are a significant number of Canadian brewers present. So when the news broke that the Ontario government was making changes to the beer retail system in the province, many brewers and others within the industry were together to discuss the its impact. Show More Summary

Redistribute California’s Water? Not Without A Fight

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, based simply on when their land was first irrigated.

Bar Towel Radio with Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewing

I’ve written fondly in the past about San Francisco, one of my favourite beer cities in North America. This year I was fortunate enough to visit again, and while I was there I recorded an interview with Dave McLean, the founder and brewmaster...Show More Summary

Beyond Almonds: A Rogue’s Gallery of Guzzlers In California’s Drought

California is parched. Wells are running dry. Vegetable fields have been left fallow and lawns are dying. Who can we blame? From almonds to politicians to cheap water, here are seven candidates.

California Farmers Gulp Most Of State’s Water, But Say They’ve Cut Back

Farms in California use as much as four times the water consumed by cities and towns. Now farmers are on defense after the governor decided to mostly exempt them from new, sweeping water cutbacks.

Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Matzo balls are at the center of any Passover seder. Cookbook author Joan Nathan, known as the "grande dame" of Jewish cooking, explains the history behind this culinary tradition.

Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.

Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat

What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.

Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

Masumoto Farm: The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It's now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter's return to take the helm.

Ever Wanted to Tour Goose Island’s Brewpub?

Our previous episode of Bar Towel Radio was a live recording of Goose Island’s Black Friday event at their brewpub in Chicago.  And now we’re thrilled to release the second part of our “Live at Goose Island” series, with a live recording of the Goose Island Brewpub tour!  The tour, recorded in November 2014, includes a visit to […]

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